New Delhi: A political uproar erupted on Friday over certain remarks by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on 2002 riots. His opponents accused him of comparing the Muslims with a “puppy” over his comment that “even if a puppy comes under the wheel of a car, he would be sad”.

Criticizing Modi, many parties like Samajwadi Party, CPI-M, CPI and JD-U sought apology from him.

Samajwadi Party spokesman Kamal Farooqui took strong exception to Modi's comment that “even if a puppy comes under the wheel of a car, he would be sad”. "It is a very sad, very humiliating and very disturbing statement... What does he (Modi) think, that Muslims are worse than even puppies? He does not have a heart for them. He should feel sorry... He should apologise," Farooqui said.

Attacking the Gujarat Chief Minister, CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said, "The expression of regret just doesn't come to Modi....There is something wrong fundamentally what he is saying."

CPI leader D Raja described Modi's comments as "desperate attempt to deceive people and hoodwink the Indian masses."

Shivanand Tiwari, leader of BJP's long-time former ally JD-U, slammed Modi and said "psycho-analysis should be done on him". He added that it would be a "very dangerous situation if a person of such a person becomes the country's Prime Minister."

(Agencies)

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